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SPN Kernels: News from across the Prairie

By Christine McGuigan / March 14, 2018

Bulu adds second warehouse, dozens of new jobs – Lincoln Bulu formally announced last week the addition of a second Lincoln warehouse location and new additions to their team to support growth from their private label Subscription Box businesses product. In 2016, Bulu began to partner with select retailers in building comprehensive Subscription Box programs.…

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Heartland Innovation Road Trip talks connectivity in Iowa

By Christine McGuigan / February 28, 2018

With Tuesday’s release of the 2018 Best States Ranking that places Iowa as the top state in the nation based on factors like broadband access, education, opportunity and quality of life, the discussion is now on creating density and utilizing the state’s resources to support the state’s developing startup centers. Day one of the Heartland…

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The Iowan Project recruits tech talent back to their home state

By Christine McGuigan / February 15, 2018

A lot of young professionals dream of leaving their hometowns after graduating high school or college in search of broader career opportunities or new lifestyles. It seems like an inevitable thing, but it’s also a problem for states like Iowa that are losing valuable tech talent to other ecosystems. But what if Iowa could identify…

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SPN Kernels: News from across the Prairie

By Christine McGuigan / February 14, 2018

opendorse signs first women’s sports property with LPGA agreement (Lincoln, Nebr.) opendorse announced on Tuesday an alliance with the Ladies Professional Golf Association, which will provide more than 200 LPGA Tour players with access to share LPGA content and create new social revenue stream opportunities. opendorse is a leading athlete marketing platform that helps sports…

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SPN’s most read stories of 2017

By SPN Team / December 28, 2017

SPN is honored to have spent another year celebrating the makers and doers of the Silicon Prairie. Through sharing the region’s news, events and updates with our audience, we continue our mission to grow, connect and inspire the tech innovation communities of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Every article was a favorite of our writers and…

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SPN Kernels: News from across the prairie

By SPN Team / December 26, 2017

Kansas City, MO: Likarda Scales Up with New Space Biotech research laboratory Likarda more than doubled the square footage of their laboratory space with a move to the former Marion Laboratories campus in south Kansas City, Missouri after having outgrown its space at the Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) on the KU Medical Center…

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SPN Kernels: news from across the prairie

By Christine McGuigan / December 4, 2017

Lincoln: Nebraska moves up in New Economy Index The recently released Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s 2017 State New Economy Index showed an improvement in Nebraska’s rankings, moving up eight spots to number 27. The index measures 25 indicators in five categories: knowledge jobs, globalization, economic dynamism, the digital economy and innovation capacity. “This study…

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Iowa’s The Emerge Foundation expands startup incubator and adds seed funding

By Christine McGuigan / November 28, 2017

Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa formed The Emerge Foundation in early 2017. Originally created as an entrepreneurial development program at the Gerald R. Edwards Entrepreneurial Center on Simpson’s campus, the growing EMERGE@Simpson program recently expanded to provide business incubation services to external enterprises. Enterprises eligible for services include those with high commercialization potential affiliated with…

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SPN Kernels: news from across the prairie

By Christine McGuigan / November 21, 2017

St. Louis: Johego wins $270K contract with Missouri Foundation for Health A new contract between Johego and the Missouri Foundation for Health will help the tech startup further connect people in need with medical and social services throughout Northeastern, Central, and Southwestern Missouri. Johego will be adding 18 additional counties to their coverage area which…

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